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29/08/2016

Putin and Erdogan to discuss TurkStream this autumn

Topic: South Stream


Energy 08-08-2016

Greek energy minister ‘positive’ on South Stream construction

Greece’s energy minister Panos Skourletis yesterday (7 august) said that Athens was positive on the prospect of South Stream pipeline construction.
Energy 29-06-2016

Borissov asks EU to come clean on ‘geopolitical’ energy projects

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said today (29 June) he will insist that the European Union once and for all makes clear its position on big energy projects involving Russia, in which his country has interest.
Global Europe 16-06-2016

Bulgaria refuses to join NATO Black Sea fleet against Russia

Bulgaria has refused to take part in a joint ‘common NATO’ fleet of Romania Ukraine and Turkey, aimed at deterring Russia in the Black Sea, the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov announced today (16 June). The Bulgarian Prime Minister said that he had refused the proposal for such a fleet made by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis …

Energy 08-06-2016

Putin says South Stream, Turkish Stream still on the table

Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday (7 June) that Russia had not "definitively" canceled either the South Stream or Turkish Stream European gas export pipeline projects, but needed a clear position on them from Europe.
Energy 07-06-2016

EU to vet member states’ gas deals with Russia

The European Council decided on Monday (6 June) that gas-related intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) between member states and third countries would be vetted by the Commission before they are signed. For non-gas related IGAs, a lighter procedure will apply.
Energy 01-06-2016

Sefcovic doubts that ‘another South Stream’ would be commercially viable

Asked to comment on the eventuality of a rebirth of the South Stream gas pipeline, Energy Union Vice President Maroš Šefčovič yesterday (31 May) voiced doubts that the project would be commercially viable in the first place.
Energy 09-05-2016

Europe’s energy policy: Running out of fuel?

Energy security continues to top Europe’s agenda, as proved by the sustainable energy security package unveiled by the Commission in February. Although a step in the right direction, it falls short of ensuring true solidarity in case of supply disruptions, writes Zdzisław Krasnodębski.
Europe's East 04-05-2016

Analyst: Germany has ideas for solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

After the 4-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh at the beginning of April, we may see changes at the negotiating table, as Berlin has indicated it would like to take a stronger role, Amanda Paul, Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre (EPC), told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.
Energy 12-04-2016

Julian Popov: The future of gas in Europe is uncertain

Gas demand in Europe will most likely continue to decline. This is the reason why the competition for additional gas import infrastructure is so fierce and politicised - there is simply no need for more, Julian Popov told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.
Energy 26-02-2016

Gazprom revives 'Poseidon' Adriatic link

Gazprom has revived a project that would see an offshore pipeline built to bring Russian gas from Greece to Italy. The new project is named “Poseidon”.
Energy 01-02-2016

Germany seeks to overcome opposition to Nord Stream 2

A new pipeline to double Russian gas flows to Germany will only go ahead if Russia does not cut off gas flows to Ukraine and eastern Europe, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told the Polish government on 29 January.
Global Europe 15-01-2016

The EU and Turkey: Tactical moves, or a golden opportunity?

Confronted by so many internal headaches, the European Union has ruled out enlargement until the end of the decade. The recent decision to revive stalled membership negotiations with Turkey is therefore curious, write Mehmet Ö?ütçü and Stephen Jones.
Energy 14-01-2016

‘South Stream’ to become ‘Bulgarian Stream’

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said the defunct project of bringing Russian gas across the Black Sea to the EU known as ‘South Stream’ should be transformed into ‘Bulgarian Stream’, with 100% Bulgarian ownership over the pipes.
Europe's East 08-01-2016

Putin and Renzi discuss ‘potential energy projects’

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Syria, and potential energy projects, with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi today (8 January), the Kremlin said.
Central Europe 06-01-2016

Bulgarian gas wars uncover hidden Gazprom strategies

EXCLUSIVE / Gazprom stopped supplies to Overgas, a private Bulgarian gas distribution company in which it has a 50% stake. The surprising move prompted comments and provided insight into the broader strategies of the Russian gas monopoly in Bulgaria, and the local interests involved.
Energy 17-12-2015

Borissov: I told Merkel Bulgaria plans pipeline similar to Nord Stream 2

Just before the start of the two-day EU summit today (17 December) Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov revealed his country too had plans to bring Russian gas to its borders - just like Germany, which plans an expansion of the Nord Stream pipeline.
Europe's East 03-12-2015

Russia shelves Turkish Stream pipeline project

Moscow has suspended the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project in response to Turkey shooting down a Russian jet in Syria, according to Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak.
Central Europe 02-12-2015

Sefcovic: The Commission will respond to Nord Stream's critics

Seven EU countries wrote to the European Commission, asking for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project to be stopped. The entire College of Commissioners will prepare the response, Maroš Šef?ovi?, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Med & South 01-12-2015

Time to transform the Eastern Mediterranean

The massive resources available in the Eastern Mediterranean offer the prospect of employment and stability. The pursuit of common interests could unlock enormous untapped potential in the region, write Mehmet Ö?ütçü and Stephen Jones.
Energy 30-11-2015

Seven EU countries oppose Nord Stream

EXCLUSIVE/ Seven countries, all new members from Central and Eastern Europe, have rallied around the position that Russia's plans to double the capacity of its gas pipeline to Germany run counter to EU interests and risk further destabilizing Ukraine, EurActiv has learned.
Europe's East 26-11-2015

Russia and Turkey: Aerial combat and energy security

The aftermath of Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian warplane close to the Turkish-Syrian border on Tuesday morning could well have profound consequences for one of Europe’s most strategic energy relationships, writes John Roberts. 
Energy 07-09-2015

European pipeline politics need US support

The EU’s external energy security is in Washington’s longterm interest, especially at the time of renewed rivalry between the West and Moscow, writes Jaros?aw Wi?niewski .
Europe's East 04-09-2015

Germany helps Russia bypass Ukraine via ‘Nord Stream 2’

Gazprom and its European partners signed a shareholders' agreement on the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project that will run beneath the Baltic Sea to Europe, bringing Europe closer to Moscow's energy orbit.
Energy 31-07-2015

Putin and Erdogan to discuss TurkStream this autumn

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan this autumn and the two will discuss the TurkStream natural gas pipeline project, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday (31 July).